Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Healthy Families: Right from the Start with HENRY

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Healthy Families: Right from the Start with HENRY

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Healthy Families: Right from the Start with HENRY. Edited by C. Hunt. Published by HENRY, 2014. ISBN: 9780992658304.

Healthy Families offers a refreshingly different take on the challenge of providing a healthy lifestyle for young children. It acknowledges It Is tough to change unhealthy habits. It works with parents rather than making them feel as though living a healthy lifestyle Is something so unattainable - so removed from their reality - that they give up before they start.

As a general practitioner, I see parents facing challenges In helping children - and themselves - develop a healthy lifestyle. Access to fresh food and outdoor spaces, the prevalence of fast food and sugary food, and the lack of time, cooking skills, and money all add up to a real challenge for parents. The result Is one In four children aged five are overweight or obese.

This book does more than just tell parents what to do. Every parent wants the best for their child, but knowing what Is best and actually doing It are different things. Even as adults many of us eat, drink, or smoke too much despite being aware of the health Implications.

Healthy Families succeeds In taking parents through thinking what will work for them In their own lives, and how they can start to lead a healthier family lifestyle, step by step. It avoids just giving the same re-packaged dietary and physical activity advice that we have seen before. Instead, It encourages parents to reflect, make notes, set themselves a weekly goal, and think about how It went and why It worked - or didn't - and how to build from there.

It avoids presenting an Idealised, seemingly unattainable lifestyle that leaves readers de-motivated and unchanged In the healthiness of the lifestyle they provide for their whole family. …

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